London Underground drivers to stage a 24-hour strike


London Underground drivers on two lines are to stage a 24-hour strike from tonight over claims that industrial relations have broken down.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union working on the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines will walk out at 9.30pm.

The union accused management of being "heavy handed", including putting staff toilet breaks on a stopwatch, and a "flagrant disregard" for agreed policies and procedures.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "This dispute is about the basic issues of protecting working conditions of our members and defending agreements from attempts to drive a coach and horses through them."

Transport for London said there will be no Hammersmith & City line service and a very limited service on the Circle line from around 9pm and all day Friday.

Steve White, operations director for London Underground, advised passengers to check travel information.

He said: "All other Tube lines and other TfL services will be operating as normal and we'll be making sure that everyone has the information they need to re-plan their journeys if necessary."